Ideas and the Revival of The Ben Franklin Follies

After a long hiatus from publishing new content on The Ben Franklin Follies, the site is suddenly active again. As I explained a while back, I've been trying to figure out how best to focus The Ben Franklin Follies around a theme that makes it easier to explain what the site is about. At the same time, in an effort to better organize my writing and interests, over the past 18 months or so I've … [Read more...]

To Curtis Ikard: Thanks for Expanding My World

Even as a child, I knew of Curtis Ikard. The Russellville Marching 100 was widely-recognized as the best high school band in North Alabama, maybe the entire state. And Curtis Ikard was a force of nature known for his commitment to perfection and stylistic flare. The Russellville Marching 100 was a success, in large part because one man would settle for nothing less. Small towns take pride in … [Read more...]

Waggoner Swindle To Save Bank of Telluride: Sunday Sign

As banks around the US began to fail in 1929, Charles D. Waggoner, president of the Bank of Telluride, saw the writing on the wall. Waggoner knew that customer confidence was, essentially, all that remained of the Bank's assets. The week's Sunday Sign commemorates Waggoner's "Great Swindle" to save the Bank of Telluride. On August 30, 1929, Charles D. Waggoner set out for Denver with a … [Read more...]